2 Biblical criteria for the friends you keep (insight from King David).

2 Biblical criteria for the friends you keep (insight from King David).

I am a companion of all those who 1. fear You, And of those who 2. keep Your precepts. Psalm 119:63 NASB


Commentary

119:63 companion. Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up. Furthermore, if two lie down together they keep warm, but how can one be warm alone? And if one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not quickly torn apart. Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness? Or what harmony has Christ with Belial, or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever? Or what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said, “I WILL DWELL IN THEM AND WALK AMONG THEM; AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD, AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE. “Therefore, COME OUT FROM THEIR MIDST AND BE SEPARATE,” says the Lord. “AND DO NOT TOUCH WHAT IS UNCLEAN; And I will welcome you. He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed. Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding. Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (NASB); 1 Corinthians 6:14-17 (NASB); Proverbs 13:20; Proverbs 9:6; 1 Corinthians 15:33.

fear you. He that walketh in his uprightness feareth the LORD. Proverbs 14:2. “Praise ye the LORD. Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD, that delighteth greatly in his commandments.” (Psalms 112:1, KJV) “And the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil?”” (Job 1:8, ESV) “”The fear of the LORD is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way And the perverted mouth, I hate.” (Proverbs 8:13, NAS95)

keep your precepts. Blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it. Luke 11:28 “You have commanded your precepts, that we should fully obey them.” (Psalms 119:4)

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